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Congratulations October 2017 DAISY Award winners!

November 3, 2017

On October 24, 2017, four nurses from the Inpatient Surgical Unit were presented with the DAISY Award: Laura Shifflett, Emylee Protil, Christian Darragh, and Beth Hall. All four were involved in the care of one patient who, along with his family, called them "The Dream Team." Emylee Protil is the star of the Dream Team. Emylee's assessment skills and urgency in alerting the on-call surgeon enabled the patient to receive emergent surgery. Additionally, Emylee's happy, friendly, and caring personality made her a favorite of the patient and his family. She made them comfortable with her words,...Continue Reading

Amy Hougan working with Katrina Knight

Always Changing and Improving

May 11, 2017

Kaizen. It's a Japanese word that means 'good change' or 'change for the better'. It's more than a word, though; it's a philosophy that embraces focusing on continuous improvement that will make work and life better. For Amy Hougan, MSN, RN, CNL, the Kaizen Facilitator at Augusta Health, the philosophy is one she has taken personally as well as professionally. Amy began her career working in Quantitative Business Analysis, with a bachelor's degree in business. After several years of working, she felt a calling to help others and returned to school to become a Registered Nurse. She joined...Continue Reading

Robotic Surgery Nursing Team

The Team Behind The Technology

May 9, 2017

Last June, the Augusta Health Board of Directors—fifteen local representatives from Staunton, Augusta County and Waynesboro—voted to expand the surgical options for patients at Augusta Health with the addition of a da Vinci Xi Surgical System. This decision would provide the community with the latest and most advanced robotic technology available. By the end of October, the first robotic surgery at Augusta Health was performed by urologist Brian Stisser, MD. By the end of February, the Robotic Surgery Program had expanded it service to include urology, colorectal, gynecology and general...Continue Reading

Joint Center volunteer Andy Norris

In Synch with Helping Others: Joint Center Volunteer Andy Norris

April 21, 2017

For the past two years, Andy Norris, a "retired" pharmacist who works full-time, has spent every other Wednesday at Augusta Health's Joint Center. His joints are doing OK; he's there for another reason. Andy is a volunteer, working side-by-side with the therapy staff to help patients with the exercises that will get them back to living full lives as quickly as possible. Andy works regularly with Judy Knick, PTA; Michelle Cupp, PTA; and Brad Gray, Physical Therapy Technician. He is considered part of the team, and the team is a well-oiled machine. In group therapy, as the patients progress...Continue Reading

Nurse Innovators Jo-Ann Boll, Kristen Eaton, Linda Freed, Dylan Fix and Vickie Taylor

Celebrating Excellence in Nursing at Augusta Health

April 4, 2017

Augusta Health celebrated Nursing Excellence Day, an educational and recognition day for outstanding achievements in nursing on March 24, 2017. This year, more than 30 Poster Presentations on various research, process improvement projects and new programs developed by Augusta Health nurses were displayed. The annual Nurse Innovator awards were presented, and the 2016 Clinical Ladder participants and DAISY Award winners were recognized. "All of our nurses at Augusta Health strive to provide excellent care every day to every patient," said Marvella Rea, MSN, RN CNML, Vice President and Chief...Continue Reading

Dr. Pereles speaking with a patient

Getting to Know Dr. Tom Pereles

February 21, 2017

Shortly before our interview is set to begin I receive a call. An urgent, unplanned surgery has just come up and Dr. Pereles has asked if we can push back our meeting 30 minutes. I tell Dr. Pereles, who insists I call him Tom, that won't be a problem. For Tom, this is just another day at Augusta Health. Tom spent his early days as a child growing up in the Maryland suburbs outside of our nation's capital where he attended public schools. He graduated from Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, MD before going off to study at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia where he received...Continue Reading

Daisy Award for extraordinary nurses

Nathan Hall, RN is presented with the DAISY Award

January 20, 2017

Nathan Hall, RN was presented with the DAISY Award on January 12th. Nathan was nominated for this award by a co-worker. Here is what she had to say about Nathan.Continue Reading

Dr. Brian Stisser in the OR with the surgical robot

From the Surgeon's Perspective: Robotic Surgery with Dr. Brian Stisser

January 11, 2017

Robotic surgery has enabled a surgeon to apply greater precision during operations while still employing the primary advantages of laparoscopic surgery – shorter hospital stays and less pain through smaller incisions. We have improved visualization through video scopes and advanced instruments to help with reconstruction of normal tissues and yet continue to maintain excellent management of both malignant and benign disease.Continue Reading

Erica Thomas with her Daisy Award

Erica Thomas, RN is presented the DAISY Award

December 2, 2016

On November 30 th , Augusta Health presented the DAISY Award to Erica Thomas, RN. Erica is nurse on the Labor and Delivery Unit and below is why she was chosen for this award. On 9/30/16 the ED had an OB trauma coming in by squad. Erica took the fetal monitor down to the ED and stayed with the patient from ED to CT scan to the family birth place where she had to undergo an emergency C-section. Erica did everything from finding nitrazine paper, to checking for ruptured membranes, to getting the patient's prenatal records, to holding the patient's hand and reassuring her that everything would...Continue Reading

Staff members with 45,45, and 50 years of service

Celebrating Employees' Years of Service

September 23, 2016

On Thursday, September 15, Augusta Health celebrated the milestone anniversaries of 231 employees at a dinner at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton. Collectively, the employees recognized have served the community for 3955 years. 40, 45 and 50 years of service with Augusta Health In the photo above, they are (left to right): Mary Ogden, Nancy Heizer, Betty Puffenbarger, Nancy Hinton, Lois Hughes, Mary Mannix, Judy Shifflett, Janice Marks, Sandy Trujillo, and Martha Kennedy. The duo photo is Mary Mannix (left) with Betty Puffenbarger, recognized for her 50 years of service to Augusta...Continue Reading

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